Ubisoft has reiterated that five out of its seven planned titles for Wii U will be ports rather than original games. The two original games are the promising ZombiU, and the super-fun Rayman Legends. Ubisoft says that the company only has a small investment in Wii U.
How much of your R&D budget has been allocated to Wii U? And then secondly can you comment, in general, on the cost of creating games for the Wii U and how that compares to the cost for a PS3, 360 game or a Wii game?
“Out of 7 games we are planning to launch, 5 games are ports, so those are games for which there is a quite small reinvestment to do. The two games that are original, are ZombiU of course and Rayman, so those ones of course are more expensive but we are not talking about games today, like we were spending on Ghost Recon or Assassin’s Creed. So they are much smaller of cost. Because as we’ve always said when there is such an innovation the need is not to have big production value but to concentrate on the innovation, this is what we are trying on Rayman and ZombiU. For the other five games, you are talking about small budget, I’d say of less than a million euro to make some of the ports, I’d estimate. so together I don’t think we have a huge investment on the Wii U.”